Understanding the difference between probiotics & prebiotics is important. These are two terms that are often tossed around today and many people do not know what these terms actually mean. The problem with this is, they can both be important for good health. In this article, we will be looking at the definition of probiotics and prebiotics; and the differences between them. Understanding these two terms may have a pretty significant impact on your health.
Understanding Probiotics & Prebiotics
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are naturally created by fermentation. Probiotics are actually really good for you. When most people think about fermentation, they think that what they are eating is unhealthy. The truth is, probiotics are actually really good for you.
You might’ve heard of probiotics as good gut bacteria. They exist in foods like yogurt, miso soup, sauerkraut and more. Probiotics are also available in pill form and they are sometimes added to other foods as ingredients. Most people get enough probiotics, but if you are not getting enough, then you probably need to supplement them because they are super important.
On the other hand, prebiotics are known as prebiotic fiber. Prebiotic fiber is the non-digestible part of certain foods like bananas, garlic and onions. They are also in the skin of apples, beans and lots of other food items. Prebiotic fiber goes through the small intestine and is undigested.
When it reaches the large colon, it gets fermented and this fermentation feeds the beneficial bacteria colonies; including the probiotic bacteria that we just discussed. Prebiotics actually help to increase the number of probiotics in your digestive system. These gut bacteria are extremely beneficial and will help you to reduce risk of a number of different diseases. The bottom line is that you need both prebiotics and probiotics if you want to stay as healthy as possible and reap the benefits that they provide.
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